"We clear the way for our students so that they may walk the path with us, hold out a hand when the path is rocky, and walk together, lest the child forge ahead and get lost, or left behind, confused and desolate.  The greatest educational tool in the world is the simple phrase, 'How can I help you?'".  - Mary Walker, A Teacher's Heart

Everything I do as a teacher and every other teaching goal I have, relates directly to the first, most basic objective -- to help my students grow by and for themselves." -  Frances Clark

"Music is what feelings sound like." - Unknown

"I was born with music inside me.  Music was one of my parts.  Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart.  Like my blood.  It was a force already in me when I arrived on the scene.  It was a necessity for me - like food or water." - Ray Charles

"Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets;  art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine." - Ludwig van Beethoven